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A Day with the Train Lady
Let the ride take you...

This tour is great for couples; good venues for men and women!

Trains fascinate the young and the young-at-heart. So we're thrilled to offer tour planners an exclusive invitation to Wandering Tree Estate, the private home of "The Train Lady", Elaine Silets.

Add a Deer Park Town Center shopping trip and let us arrange for a private Vera Bradley shopping event.

Internationally known for creating famous train gardens and landscapes for more than 20 years, Elaine's work has been featured in publications and displays such as:

  • The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book
  • Hammacher Schlemmer's Holiday Gift Catalogue
  • Christmas windows at Tiffany & Co.
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Chicago's John Hancock Building lobby during the holiday season

Your Wandering Tree Estate Tour will include:

  • Access to the Wandering Tree Estate and prearranged shuttles
  • Introduction and talk by Elaine Silets
  • Experience The Shabui Garden Railway, a Japanese water and steam garden
  • Over 6,000 feet of track, bridges, trestles, a waterfall and a lake
  • 1,400 sq. ft. Railroad Museum, designed to highlight famous Chicago landmarks and used to house the indoor trains

TrainsTake a moment to appreciate the estate's countless details and the impressive workmanship of the people behind this one of a kind attraction. This tour is for steady/moderate walkers and lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours.

Lake County dining options include: Chessie's Restaurant, Lindy's on Bangs Lake, McGonigal's Pub, The Village Tavern and more.

This one day event requires a combined total of 100 people minimum.

Extend your stay by overnighting at the Holiday Inn Express - Lake Zurich.

Need more? Just north is Copper Fiddle Distillery, The Nut and Candy House and Volo Auto Museum and Historic Country Village.

We can certainly make this into a two-day event or more! Contact Jayne for more details on this exclusive opportunity!

Jayne Nordstrom, Group Tour Manager, Visit Lake CountyHowever you choose to piece together your tour, your knowledgeable Lake County coordinator Jayne Nordstrom will be on hand to assist you.

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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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